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Taken by Storm Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has been writing for as long as she can remember and wrote her first book when she was nineteen. Along the way, she was a competitive cheerleader, a model, and a full-time geek.
Jen is working toward her PhD in developmental psychology at Yale University and divides her time between New Haven and her native Oklahoma. You may visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.
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If you want a book with a happy ending--do not read this book. If you want a book where even if bad things happen you feel optimistic at the end of it--do not read this book.
**Spoilers centering on the general feel of the book. No actual events given.**
Through the first two books we see that the main character (Bryn) has chosen a hard road and her life will never be "rainbows and unicorns." In this book, the last in the series, the author spends the book setting up an ending that makes it perfectly clear that there is no hope for the main character to ever have a happy life. In fact, over time her life will just get harder and harder.
The author does a great job of this, too great of a job. I finished the book whole heartily believing that over time Bryn will lose more and more of the things that make life worth living for Bryn the person. She will be asked to make sacrifices that will leave her little in her life but duty.
A very well done book by the author, but since it was at the expense of destroying a character I love I had to give this book 2 stars.
In the beginning of the book, Bryn and Callum have maintained a good relationship. She knows that deep down Callum would never let anything happen to her. By the end, Bryn's belief in Callum has completely shattered. For Bryn, the end doesn't justify the means. This is one of the directions that I didn't like. Callum actions, or lack of action, destroyed Bryn deep into her soul. I don't know how she can recover. I know that she is Resilient but no one is that strong. I really don't think a character should face that much pain. Bryn has way too much responsibility as an alpha of a werewolf pack. Because of it she is losing her humanity. She has to make brutal and life-changing decisions that few people can psychologically handle.
I found some of the storylines far-fetched, even for a paranormal novel. Shadows are introduced and I had a hard time accepting that whole concept. I don't want to give anything away but the use of the Shadow, to me, didn't fit in with a werewolf story. Like I said, a little too far-fetched. I found the Shadows distracted me from the climax of the story. I was nowhere near prepared for the climax and ending of the story. It really blew me away.
Overall, I didn't like where the story took Bryn. I think it will be hard for her character to recover and be able to lead any kind of a happy life. I think the author may have dug herself into a little hole and it will be difficult to get out. However, I will read the next book in the series. Taken by Storm ended with a huge cliff-hanger and I want to see what happens next.
The book starts out with a sense of foreboding, and the ending does not disappoint. Chase died? Really?! Also, Bryn was right about Callum trying to play god. You can't just manipulate people like that. He always talked about how he was trying to do what was best, and how he loved Bryn, but then he let her mate die. Ugh! Just ugh!
I am totally an escapist reader. I like travelling to worlds where true love can conquer anything and by the end, we are going to get a happily ever after. That was definitely not what I got here. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series but this just totally ruined it for me